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Arroyo Blanco, Balloons, Moon, Jupiter. 11-01-2023

Greetings from San Cristobal, NM. This week Arroyo Blanco, Abiquiu. Some abstract balloon images from the Taos Mountain Balloon Rally last weekend, and our Moon and Jupiter over northern New Mexico.

After two weeks of photo tours in the area with Harlan I’m finally going through images of some of the places we visited.

We visited Abiquiu and Arroyo Blanco, twice. We couldn’t get enough of it in the beautiful autumn light.

Arroyo Blanco, Abiquiu, NM
Landscape in Arroyo Blanco, Abiquiu, NM.

The strangely wonderful moonscape landscape in the “white arroyo”.

Landscape, Abiquiu, NM
On the ground in Abiquiu, NM.

On our second trip to Abiquiu we made a short detour to La Madera for this scene. It has always fascinated me.

door/wall, la Madera, NM
The door is the wall, La Madera, NM.

On the last day of touring we went to Taos Mountain Balloon Rally. A few balloons lifted off but winds were higher than anticipated so we photographed them on the ground instead. Shadowy figures zip up the envelope as it’s inflated.

Balloon shadows Taos Mountain Balloon Rally
Balloon shadows at the Taos Mountain Balloon Rally.
Balloon interior Taos Mountain Balloon Rally
Checking the ropes!
Balloon shadows Taos Mountain Balloon Rally
Balloon interior Taos Mountain Balloon Rally
Unfurling during inflating the balloon.
Balloon heart design

In the words of actor/author David Niven, “the moon’s a balloon”.

To cap off the week the moon met up with the planet Jupiter. Eerie enough for Hallooween. Jupiter is closest to earth during all of 2023 tonight.

Moon and Jupiter
Moon and Jupiter.

As always, thanks for looking. G

Things I’ve seen and done in the last couple of weeks.

I’m continually reviewing images from previous weeks and months. The following images are from the last couple of weeks. Some from the front field and some from trips out in the greater field. I’ve also included an image of my daughter pulled from way back in 2004 that I’ve re-worked for printing. And lastly, a little something from 2005 for this weekend’s happy hearts day.

I begin with the most recent from yesterday morning with this month’s waning moon rising over Taos Mountain.

Crescent moon rise over Taos Mountain
Crescent moon with earth shine rising over Taos Mountain from the field at our home in San Cristobal.

Crescent moon rise over Taos Mountain
Crescent moon rising over Taos Mountain with a few crows in San Cristobal.

The following are a couple of images from a drive Pami and I did into the San Luis Valley the last time it snowed.

Snow field furrows Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Colorado
Snow filled field furrows with the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, taken near Jaroso, Colorado.

San Antonio Mountain clouds
San Antonio Mountain clouds and snowy road in the San Luis Valley, Colorado.

Last week Chris Ferguson and I drove south to Carson, NM for a photoshoot on the Rio Grande Gorge Rim. We had some beautiful winter sunlight in the late afternoon to create another set of old west inspired images. Stay tuned for a few more from the last couple of these commercial shoots I’ve collaborated on with Chris, at Tres Estrellas.

Tres Estrellas photo shoot
Chris from Tres Estrellas. Photo shoot on the Rio Grande Gorge Rim, Carson New Mexico.

A rather dense sunset last week on the way home from the Cellar, our local bottle shop. Not the color of fine red wine as is often the case with the Sangre de Cristos. Despite the heaviness, this sunset got a lot of attention from locals judging by the number of posts on Facebook.

Vallecito Mountain sunset
Sunset, Vallecito Mountain, in the Sangre de Cristos.

My daughter, taken back in fall 2004 in Taos, New Mexico. If she could get into or under anything she would. I reworked this image in order to make a print I’ve wanted to hang.

Leaf Girl
“Leaf Girl” my daughter under a pile of leaves, fall 2004, Taos, NM.

And lastly, something appropriate for this weekend. Fly me to the moon in a valentine balloon.

Valentine balloon moon
Valentine Balloon, Moon.

As always, thank you for looking.


Photo Bombed By A Balloon

Photo bombed by a balloon. Every year the Taos Mountain Balloon Rally descends and ascends over Taos Valley and the surrounding communities. As I lined up the sun rays coming through the belfry on the St. James church the balloon ascended and there you have it, the “photo bomber”.photo bombed by a balloon taos mountain balloon rally